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Our website thrives on submissions from everyone, we're the people that make Earth Chronicle work. Each person has something they're good at, and we need everyone’s expertise to build this site, including you.

If you can help in any of these three areas your support would be invaluable to us...

The Three Kinds of Essays

1st, we are looking for people to submit essays about topics not yet covered on Earth Chronicle. Our database of information grows as we add new submissions. Submissions can be of any length. They can be as long as a book or a set of encyclopedias. Or it can be as short as providing one piece of information, providing supporting evidence to an argument, or just a citation for an idea expressed in an article; research is very important to us. We’re very eager to locate the origin and development of ideas so anything you know about them is valuable. If you know something that we don’t cover at Earth Chronicle, submit it!

2nd, we’re looking for writing that provide alternate viewpoints or useful commentary about topics that are already written. Is there a different way to interpret some facts? For instance, was the fall of the Roman Empire a good thing? That’s not really one essay, that’s a number of essays, all with very different points of view. If you have a different opinion than what’s written on Earth Chronicle, submit it!

3rd, we’re looking for writing that explain topics that are already covered in a new and interesting way. I may read one essay about why the Fall of the Romans was awful, and be completely confused. However, someone else’s essay may make it perfectly clear. Different people learn in different ways, or understand one way better than another. This could be as simple as writing for different levels of expertise; you would write about a topic differently for a child than for an adult, or for a beginner than for an expert. Perhaps the most important expression of this goal is to translate articles into other languages. If you have a different way of explaining an idea on Earth Chronicle, submit it!

Your Two Jobs when You're Writing

When you're writing, you will need to make sure of two things. First and most importantly, research your essay as carefully as possible. You can simply add the little bit of information that you know, to help us fill in pieces of the puzzle. However, we'd love it if you can spend time studying at the library, conducting experiments, interviewing experts, etc. Almost as important as the ideas we post at Earth Chronicle, are the histories of those ideas. We want to know their origin and how they have survived through history to get where they are today. So provide all the information you know of: the history of who taught whom in your family to tie flies for fishing, or the cite the books and documents that discuss your topic as far back as you can follow. Create the formal citations if you can, but if you don’t know how, don’t worry. Contact us, and our research experts can assist you.

Second, as with any writing, double check your submission for readability, grammar, and punctuation. A proofreader will check your work, but it should still be of the highest quality you can make it. An optional, but valuable third idea is to include a link in your webpage, if you know of a website that interests you on your topic and whose information jives with your research. This gives Earth Chronicle visitors access to more information on your topic and recognizes other quality websites.

One Last Note: Public Domain

Submissions include written essays, webpages, images of any kind, graphs, tables, sound files, videos, etc., etc. When you submit your work to Earth Chronicle, you agree to release the work into the Public Domain. This meets our licensing requirements and permits us to freely distribute it on our website. When your work becomes part of the Public Domain, anyone, anywhere (including you) have access to that information at anytime and can make whatever use of it you want for your own purposes. In addition, you will be credited as the author of your article when it is posted on our website. Interested? Contact us or even submit an article directly. Just click here!

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Note: Since all work submitted to becomes Public Domain, if you use someone else’s work, it must also be legally part of the Public Domain. For example, an article that copies a chapter from John Grisham’s latest book would not be acceptable. John Grisham holds the rights to his book, and only he has the legal right to make his work Public Domain. John Grisham could post his latest book for submission, but no one else can. If proper citations are included in the article however, you can mention an idea of John Grisham’s or quote an important sentence or two.